Yesterday someone (I can’t remember who…if it was you, comment and I’ll give you credit) linked to the History Channel’s “102 minutes” interactive map with amateur videos taken on 9/11.
The History channel happens to be the only channel I watch with any kind of regularity…I don’t watch much TV at all, so even that’s not a lot.
Well, last night I happened to have the TV on and just through sheer luck caught the show “102 minutes”. They showed it at 9pm and ran it commercial free.
Wow. They didn’t shy away from the gritty reality. One of the most poignant parts was the college kids taping it from their dorm room at NYU denying that the things they saw falling from the building were really people falling “you don’t know…those could be chairs”.
It speaks to the horror of the experience that they couldn’t even admit to themselves the reality of what they were seeing (that clip is available through the interactive map BTW).
I don’t know if they’ll air it again (maybe next year?) or offer it for sale; it’s not for the squeamish, but if you get the chance to see it, I highly recommend it.
They really did a good job of capturing the horror and the heroism, the fear and the anguish, the outrage and the spirit of that day.